• Mr. Halvorson  Welcome to Tumwater Hill Elementary!  


    Welcome back to school!  I am so excited to see all of our students and to connect with our wonderful families and Tumwater Hill community.  We are in for a very special year!

    What’s new?  Last spring our staff worked together to create our Tumwater Hill core beliefs.  We wanted to know exactly who we are and what we stand for.  After weeks of work, this is what we came up with.

    We All Belong

    We value who we are.  We value each other, and we celebrate our differences.  To say “we all belong” does not mean changing to be a certain way.  It means respecting each other.  It means showing acceptance and kindness.  It means all of us are special...students, families, staff, and our community.

    We All Learn

    We learn in different ways and at different paces.  We take responsibility for our learning and know that mistakes are part of a successful journey.  If we are not learning, we ask ourselves, “What do we need to change?”.  

    We keep our school safe, so we can learn.  We support each other as we learn together.  We encourage each other with high expectations.  We are passionate about being positive.

    Service Makes Us Stronger

    When we help each other and our community, we get more experience and skills for our future jobs.  We grow.  We connect.  We make more friends.  We have more empathy.  We become more confident in what we can do.  We become better leaders.  We create a stronger school.


    As we provide a challenging, magical, safe, fun educational experience for your children, these core beliefs will guide our planning, instruction, discipline, and other systems in our school.  We look forward to discussing these ideas with students and making them a reality for all of our learning community.


    I start each day on the announcements with this welcome, “Greetings!  It’s a great day to be a Hawk and a great day to be with you.”  I can’t wait to extend that welcome to our students and to all of you.


    If you have ideas, questions or concerns, please let me know.  Feel free to connect with me through the phone or email or schedule an appointment to meet in person.  You can also check out our website to find updated resources and ways to connect with your child's teacher.


    Okay, it’s time to work hard and have fun!  Go Hawks!


    Jon Halvorson